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GA Frequently Asked Questions

There are many things to do in the South Florida Area! NSU is 15 minutes from the Beach, 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, and 30-40 minutes from Miami. You are guaranteed to always have something to do and explore in the South Florida area. 

To explore your new home there a few links below:

Visit Lauderdale

LBGTQ+ Life in Lauderdale

Visit Miami

Visit Key West

Due to the time commitment involved, graduate assistants at Nova Southeastern University are not permitted to simultaneously hold outside employment.

Graduate assistants are not required to live on campus. We have packages for on campus at our University Pointe Apartments and a package for off campus students! 

At this time graduate assistant positions are only for candidates that are accepted and enrolled in the Master of Science in College Student Affairs program in the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice. 

Yes, international students on F-1 visas are eligible to be graduate assistants. Graduate assistants in F-1 status may never work more than 20 hours a week while classes are in sessions. Per federal regulations, F-1 students must be enrolled in a full course of study every fall and winter semester and all students working on campus (including GAs) must also meet the Office of Student Employment’s full-time enrollment requirements. Additionally, any individual who is classified as a “Non-Resident Alien” (NRA) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be subject to a 14% tax on all scholarships issued for the purposes of non-qualified expenses. Qualified expenses are tuition, fees and books. International students with additional questions may contact the Office of International Affairs at

All graduate assistants on a 12-month contract are permitted to take 16 vacation/personal days per year. All vacation/personal days must gain prior approval from a supervisor.

Nova Southeastern University is located less than 10 miles to the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, and approximately 30 miles from the Miami International Airport.

Nova Southeastern University is located less than 10 miles from Dania beach, approximately 15 miles from Ft. Lauderdale beach, and approximately 25 miles from South Beach in Miami.

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Dr. Teri Williams
Lead College Student Affairs Faculty
Nova Southeastern University 

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